Happy National Pastry Day! Here are our favorite sweet spots in Palm Beach County

It’s National Pastry Day! You can never go wrong with these easy grab-n-go’s — whether you’re celebrating a silly, Internet holiday or not. From classic croissant to Cuban pastelito to French quiche, you’ll be happily fulfilled. And lucky for you, Palm Beach County has plenty of places to cure your cravings and help you celebrate today’s sweet holiday.

Here are 7 places to get your pastry on today:

Sugar Monkey

“Making the world a sweeter place…

Parisian macarons from the Sugar Monkey at the Grand Tasting Tuesday night at 150 WORTH on the last day of the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/Special to the Palm Beach Post)
Parisian macarons from the Sugar Monkey at the Grand Tasting Tuesday night at 150 WORTH on the last day of the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/Special to the Palm Beach Post)

… one cake at a time” as they say. This Lake Worth bake shop specializes in custom orders and sweet treats. Owner Jennifer Reed is known for blending classic French sweets with a splash of the Midwest. If you’re driving through the Dixie Corridor, keep an eye out for the Sugar Monkey.

Address: 2402 N Dixie Hwy #2, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Phone: (561) 689-7844


Tulipan

Vamo’!

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Guava pastry from Tulipan

No chairs, no tables, no worries. Tulipan is a true take-out joint located in West Palm Beach and in North Palm Beach. This is a friendly-shop where people simply do their time in line, take their food and leave. What’s Tulipan known for? Authentic Cuban pastelitos and cafe con leche.

Address: 740 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 | 731 Northlake Blvd., North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Phone: (561) 832-6107 | 561-842-4847


Upper Crust

A line worth the wait.

LAKE WORTH - A pecan pie baked fresh at the The Upper Crust in Lake Worth. The pie baking company offers as many as 34 different types of pies including meringue pies, fruit pies, cream pies, and specialties such as no sugar added apple and French California strawberry. The business was founded by Raul "Rudy" Quintero and his wife Helen 31 years ago. While Quintero unfortunately passed away this past September, the business is still family operated. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
LAKE WORTH – A pecan pie baked fresh at the The Upper Crust in Lake Worth. The pie baking company offers as many as 34 different types of pies including meringue pies, fruit pies, cream pies, and specialties such as no sugar added apple and French California strawberry. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Nothing keeps customers from forming huge lines outside of the Upper Crust in Lake Worth during certain times of the year. This 38-year-old bakery is known especially for its pies — especially the strawberry rhubarb pie and the pecan pie.

Address: 2015 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Phone: (561) 586-5456


Paneterie

Keep calm, eat pastries.

The chocolate eclair at Paneterie. (Samantha Ragland/The Palm Beach Post)
The chocolate eclair at Paneterie. (Samantha Ragland/The Palm Beach Post)

The relaxed Paneterie bakery in downtown West Palm Beach offers a quick bite with a few tables inside and outside. Choose from a variety of French fares such as salade nicoise and quiche with pricing between $7 to $10 each. But if you’re planning to enjoy the National Pastry holiday, then you need to have a few macaroons and definitely the chocolate eclair.

Address: 205 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: (561) 223-2992


Ganache Bakery Cafe

“Everything tastes better with love”

That seems to be the motto behind this West Palm Beach Bakery since both founders had a love for baking since their early ages. Joan and Jamal founded this online business, giving customers made-to-order baked goodies all year round.

Address: 120 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: (561) 507-5082


Patrick Leze

Mmmm…délicieux.

Patrick Leze Palm Beach offers blueberry macarons and blueberry muffins. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post)
Patrick Leze Palm Beach offers blueberry macarons and blueberry muffins. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post)

Named after the chef who owns the bakery, Patrick Leze is a Palm Beach gem featuring mouth-watering French pastries. What do people buy here? The pastry case full of decadent macaroons, brioches, croissants and tarts.

Address: 229 Sunrise Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480

Phone: (561) 366-1313


Cafe Sweets

It’s a family affair

A place that focuses on making their customers feel like family is Cafe Sweets in West Palm Beach. A traditional, bakery with a sweet touch of Southern hospitality makes this shop a go-to. If it’s been in the family for three-generations, they must be doing something right. My recommendation: The banana pudding cupcake. Though not exactly a pastry, it’ll hit ya in the heart in the best way.

Address: 519 25th St, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Phone: (561) 249-7167

National Toasted Marshmallow Day: Celebrate with s’mores Jello shots!

Yes, the Jello shot is inside the marshmallow. Genius! (Photo from That's So Michelle)
Yes, the Jello shot is inside the marshmallow. Genius! (Photo from That’s So Michelle)

Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. Let’s toast the day with S’mores Jello Shots. Yummy!

S’mores Jello Shots to the rescue!

How fun is this recipe from That’s So Michelle, who is clearly a Jello shot genius? No campfire required!

S’mores Jello Shots in Real Marshmallows
1 bag giant marshmallows
1 cup chocolate vodka of choice
1 cup water
2 packets Knox gelatin
1 packet hot chocolate
Melted chocolate for coating the marshmallows (i.e. Wilton candy melts, found in the baking aisle)
1 cup crushed graham crackers

1. Using your fingers, pinch out the center of giant marshmallows.

2. Let marshmallows sit out a little while to toughen up.

3. Make alcoholic chocolate Jello. Says That’s So Michelle: “I used 1 cup water and a packet of hot chocolate mix. I sprinkled 2 packets of Knox gelatin on top and let it sit for a minute. Then turn on the heat and whisk until boiling and dissolved. When dissolved, pour into 1 cup cold vodka .”

4. Important: Let chocolate Jello mixture cool. It should be at least room temperature before you pour it into your marshmallows. If it’s hot it will melt the marshmallows.

5. Carefully pour Jello mixture into the marshmallows.

6. Save any leftover Jello in case marshmallows need to be topped off after they set for a few hours.

7. Melt chocolate and spread it around the edges of the marshmallows, then roll them in crushed graham crackers.

Not into s’mores or marshmallows? We don’t understand, but OK.

Maybe these five recipes for Adult Root Beer Floats will float your boat instead?

 

Post picks: Best pancakes in Palm Beach County

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Going out for breakfast? We have picked some of the best syrupy, sweet yummy cakes around!

Here’s our list of the best pancakes in the county:

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  • Almond Joy Pancakes at Pete’s Place. The Greenacres landmark loads the batter with chocolate chips, then tops the finished ‘cakes with more choco chips, chocolate syrup, slivered almonds and coconuts. It’s like starting your day with a triple-layer cake. 6774 Forest Hill Blvd., Greenacres, 561-641-6543

Related: How to get free pancakes today!

Funky Monkey Panky-Doos at The Nook (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
Funky Monkey Panky-Doos at The Nook (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
  • Funky Monkey Panky-Doos at The Nook. The friendly staff at this popular eatery challenges you to say “Panky-Doo” without smiling. For the Funky Monkey version, the cooks call upon the wonders of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and bananas. The result: Breakfast magic. 223 Center St., Jupiter, 561-745-7477

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  • Hazelnut UEPs at Juno Beach Cafe. Working from their 54-year-old recipe for Uncle Eddie’s Pancakes, the Juno Beach Cafe dolls up their trademark ‘cakes with Nutella, sliced strawberries, powdered sugar, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. How do you spell “yum”? “UEP.” 13967 U.S. 1, Juno Beach, 561-622-1533

Banana Pancakes

  • Banana Nut Cakes at Benny’s on the Beach. Pecans, almonds and walnuts hijack these flapjacks, which hide under even more chopped nuts and sliced bananas. All those nuts mean this plate contains at least one serving of protein, right? Nod in agreement, please. Lake Worth Pier, 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth, 561-582-9001

Kona Bay Cafe's blueberry pancakes

  • Blueberry Pancakes at The Green Owl. There are some dishes that linger in your mind years after you cleaned your plate. The Green Owl’s satisfying standard-issue pancakes are one of those. Nothing fancy. Just fantastic fare in a funky, 33-year-old diner. 330 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-272-7766.

National Clam Chowder Day: The best chowder in Palm Beach County

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New England-style clam chowder is served at Chowder Heads in Jupiter. (Photo by Liz Balmaseda)

Today is National Clam Chowder Day! It’s perfect timing with the cold wave that’s here to warm up with a creamy bowl! Which restaurant has the yummiest, best chowder in Palm Beach County? We take an excerpt from our 2015 Critic’s Choice pick:

Best Clam Chowder in Palm Beach County: Chowder Heads, Jupiter

This is the chowder that won our hearts and bellies at local green markets. Nothing fancy about this traditional, creamy chowder, but I find it downright addictive.

But don’t assume it must be the creamy white option. Sure, the New England-style chowder is quite good, rich and swimming with clams and potatoes. But the red Manhattan chowder is delicious as well, its broth flavorful and almost meaty.

Chowder Heads: 2123 U.S. 1, Jupiter; 561-203-2903.

Related: Our full list of the 2015’s best restaurants, food in Palm Beach County

National Chocolate Cake Day: James Patterson’s ‘killer’ chocolate cake

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James Patterson’s Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake. (Photo by Steve Legato)

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. We thought the best way to celebrate was to re-introduce James Patterson’s recipe for his Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake.

Enjoy!

James Patterson reveals recipe for ‘killer ‘ chocolate cake.

National Cheese Lover’s Day: best grilled cheese sandwiches in the county

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The Brooklyn Porkster Grilled Cheese Sandwich at New York Grilled Cheese Co. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/Special to the Palm Beach Post)

For those who love cheese, today is your day! It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day! What better way to celebrate than with a yummy, gooey grilled cheese sandwich! Here is our list of the best sandwiches in Palm Beach County:

Best grilled cheese sandwiches in the county

Also, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill at CityPlace is offering their ‘Cheesy Thursdays’ today, which features 5 kinds of cheese paired with 5 beer or wine tastings for $30.

 

 

Celebrate Bacon Day by indulging with Chocolate Covered Bacon!

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Today is Bacon Day! And what’s better than just bacon? How about chocolate covered bacon on a stick! Our writer, Carlos Frías braved the funky foods at the South Florida Fair last year and had this to say about the yummy treat:

Chocolate-covered bacon on a stick

The sign outside Bubba’s Bacon reads, “Bacon makes everything better.”

You could say the same about chocolate.

The bacon is oven-baked, chilled, then chocolate-coated and kept refrigerated until some lucky fairgoer stumbles upon it.

The result is something like a meaty Heath bar or a bacon brittle, the sweet and savory hitting all the parts of your palate (except the umami part, I reckon, but this is America so let’s move on).

By the time you’re done grappling with the swirl of flavors, you’re down to the bottom of the stick.

Jeff Dunham would be proud.

Related: Try these chocolate-dipped bacon strips for your New Year’s Eve party (recipe courtesy of Pop Sugar)

Watch Carlos Frías try chocolate-covered bacon on a stick:

New Year’s Eve recipes: Ring in the old with these retro cocktails

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As you prepare to ring in the New Year, do it with a touch of retro. Holiday cocktails are embracing the old-fashioned for Auld Lang Syne.

Read Liz Balmaseda’s report on New Year’s Eve cocktails.

It’s National Candy Day: Adult treats for leftover Halloween candy

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Halloween Candy Bark. (Huy Mach/St. Louis Post-Dispach/TNS)

Today is National Candy Day. It’s is a sweet way to celebrate all things candy…like we needed this holiday right after Halloween! But if you still have a bunch of Halloween candy, here are some yummy adult recipes to use it all up:

Grownup treats for leftover Halloween candy

Happy National Chocolate Day! 5 best local sweet treats to try

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Death by Chocolate. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

As if anyone needs an excuse to indulge in chocolate, today is National Chocolate Day, according to someone, somewhere — a wise stranger to whom we remain eternally grateful.

In honor of this ersatz holiday, we present five milk chocolate treats that we wish someone, anyone, would deliver to our hot little hands right this minute:

Silver and gold winners at this year's International Chocolate Awards' Americas Competition. (Photos by Liz Balmaseda)
Handcraftedin Stuart: silver and gold winners at the International Chocolate Awards’ Americas Competition.  (Photos by Liz Balmaseda)

1. Castronovo Chocolate’s Colombia Sierra Nevada Dark Milk Chocolate Bar

This tiny Stuart chocolate factory recently captured a gold prize for this bar at the International Chocolate Awards Americas Competition, earning chocolate maker Denise Castronovo a trip to London in October to compete in the world finalsThe gold-winning bar sells for $48 for a four-pack on Castronovo’s site. The factory, meanwhile, is at 555 Colorado Ave., and Castronovo also sells her goods at Fresh Market in Jupiter and Stuart, Oceana Coffee in Tequesta and Shoppe 561 in West Palm Beach.

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Every day is like sundae at Sloan’s. (File photo by Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

2. Sloan’s Dad’s Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

Sloan’s offers so many flavors in its freezers — and so much eye candy — it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Sometimes the best approach is the most straightforward one: ordering a classic flavor like Dad’s Milk Chocolate, described as a “smooth and creamy milk chocolate” on the Sloan’s site.

Not enough going on there? Maybe I ♥ RANDI S’MORE is more your speed: s’mores ice cream made with graham crackers, Hershey’s milk chocolate bars and toasted marshmallows.

Sloan’s scoops it all on the regular at its five candy-colored, Palm Beach County stores.

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Use your noodle, try a Snoodle. (Photo from Hoffman’s Chocolates)

3. Hoffman’s Chocolates’ Snoodles

As if its name isn’t fun enough, the very look of Snoodles turns dessert into a party. Caramel and pretzel pieces are wrapped in chocolate and accessorized with festive sprinkles. Fiesta!

A pack of these original Hoffman’s creations is $4.95 and can be purchased online or at one of the Palm Beach County company’s eight South Florida stores.

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He loves Milk Chocolate Jumbles! (Photo from Trader Joe’s 365)

4. Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Jumbles

The taste tester behind Trader Joe’s 365, who’s reviewing a different TJ product every day in 2015, wasn’t completely crazy about Milk Chocolate Jumbles, but her shopping partner went nuts for them. (“These are not bad at all,” she wrote, “and many people will probably really like them.  It’s just if I am going to eat something chocolate, I want it to be CHOCOLATE.”)

Point taken. Still, we can’t wait to sample the combination of pecans, toasted quinoa and caramel, coated in milk chocolate and sporting a dusting of pink sea salt. A jumble of flavors in a 7.5-ounce tub for $3.99, they can be purchased at Trader Joe’s four Palm Beach County locations.

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Thanks heavens for Kilwin’s. (Photo from Kilwins)

5. Kilwins’ Heavenly Hash

How do the Kilwins elves make Heavenly Hash? They take homemade marshmallows, hand-coat them in milk chocolate laden with pecans, then set them out to cool. Next stop: the Kilwins cases, and our palates.

A 4-ounce serving of Heavenly Hash is $6.75 online and at Kilwins’ many Florida chocolate shops.